During this time of year it’s important for women take time for themselves. The holidays can be very stressful and overwhelming as we cater to everyone and everything. So how does a woman accomplish this during a time that is so demanding? I accidentally stumbled onto something that I feel is quite interesting. We start by combining things.

For instance, my hairstylist is so awesome with a pair of scissors, but she’s also a great listener and gives excellent advice. What if this were a new career? Therapist/Stylist. Seriously. We are a captive audience as we get our hair highlighted, cut and styled, and we naturally talk about what’s been going on for the last six weeks, so why not have someone who’s certified in both areas to help? Makes sense, right?

They would make more money and we could use our insurance. And bonus: you would see results at the end of one session. Can’t do that by seeing just a regular therapist. Going every six weeks is the perfect blend for figuring things out on your own, but then double-checking with a specialist that you haven’t completely screwed your life up.

Back in the day, it was the bartenders who needed to be equipped with sound advice as we unloaded our troubles. The downside to this is we didn’t always remember the great advice after a margarita, three beers and two shots later. So the solution to save time is combining the pampering and tending to our emotional health. Or course, the key is selecting the right “thera-list” but that goes without saying.

Think of the possibilities of what can be combined. Grocery story and calling friends. So what it looks like you’re walking around, talking to yourself. We are saving vital time. There’s also watching TV and wrapping gifts. Cooking dinner while shopping on-line. And for those of you who wake up for no reason at four a.m. (like me) use this time to do laundry (but no vacuuming-tends to make family cranky). And while you’re waiting for the laundry to dry, do something nice for yourself like take a bubble bath (just don’t fall asleep).

On the other hand, it’s okay if you go back to basics and just slow down. It’s okay if you don’t send out Christmas cards. It’s okay if you don’t bake a million cookies. It’s okay if you don’t make handmade ornaments for the tree. In fact, it’s okay if you don’t have a tree at all. The good news is (and the bad news) no one will remember what you did and didn’t do next year.

How to save time and de-stress during the holidays